The Wall Street Journal continues to staff up its podcast team as it looks to launch its new flagship podcast. Branded simply as The Journal, the new offering is set to launch in beta on June 27. Ahead of that, the paper has promoted Jarrard Cole to deputy head of audio for the Wall Street Journal and executive producer of The Journal podcast. He’s been at the publication since 2010, having worked on several video projects.
“In this new role, Jarrard will be the executive in charge of the forthcoming Journal podcast and take on broader oversight of the Journal’s existing podcasts after the new daily show launches,” wrote Anthony Galloway, global head of video and audio, in a memo to Journal staff. Galloway also said the company is close to announcing a new executive producer of audio.
The Wall Street Journal and Gimlet Media partnered last December to work on creating a new flagship podcast for the paper. Last month it announced Kate Linebaugh, the Journal’s deputy U.S. news editor, and Ryan Knutson, SVP of partnerships for the Journal and parent Dow Jones, will anchor the show. The Journal has also hired Andrew Sussman as executive producer. He most recently spent seven years as executive producer of the public radio international affairs syndicated show, “The World.”
Galloway told employees The Journal podcast will start publishing twice a week and then grow to five days a week over the summer months. “Gimlet’s expertise making highly-produced audio programs, combined with the Journal’s unparalleled reporting, is already showing promise in our early test episodes,” he said.